Student athlete profile

Name: Franny Schiavitti

Year: graduated senior

Hometown: Hinsdale

How difficult was the cancellation of last year's soccer season?

It was pretty tough without anything, but I was lucky I still had my club season. It definitely felt like I missed out.

Has it given this season greater significance?

It made it a lot more special and I kind of allowed us to appreciate the season more and work even harder. We got close pretty quickly as a team, and I would say our team has a really special bond.

When did you start playing soccer?

I've been playing my whole life. I grew up with three older brothers, and I saw them play every sport. I started playing AYSO and it went from there.

What do you enjoy about it?

The high intensity of it and just the ability to learn so much about yourself while also learning determination and toughness.

What position do you play?

Attacking midfielder and center forward.

As a team captain, how do you show leadership?

Being a leader on the team means lifting people up and having a strong sense in recognizing your ability to inspire people and enable people to do their best.

How would your teammates describe you?

Someone with a lot of energy, always talking, and someone who cares a lot about the sport.

What's been a highlight this season?

In the Glenbard West game, we went into double overtime and then into penalty kicks, where were won. It was just a special game because of the high energy on the team.

Any unique talents?

I'm good at headstands.

Where are you heading next?

The University of Colorado Boulder

Why does coach Tony Madonia like having Schiavitti on the squad?

Fran is a force on and off the field. She is relentless. She exudes leadership, determination and grit. There is nothing more we could ask for as coaches from Fran. I'm excited to see how she helps lead our team through the playoffs. Off of the pitch, it will be fun to watch all that this respectable young lady inevitably accomplishes in the future.

- profile by Ken Knutson, photo by Jim Slonoff

Author Bio

Ken Knutson is associate editor of The Hinsdalean